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El Salvadorians lose protected status

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On Jan. 8 President Donald Trump’s administration announced that an immigration policy had been reversed. More than 200,000 people from El Salvador that lived in the United States since 2001 will no longer have protected status.

The program that officials are ending is the Temporary Protected Status. This has allowed the El Salvadorians to live and work in the United States since 2001 when a large earthquake destroyed their country. This program protected them from deportation if they arrived illegally into the country.

The Department of Homeland Security declared that since everything has been repaired in El Salvador, the Temporary Protected Status can no longer shield them from being deported. The administration is allowing the El Salvadorians to stay in the program until September 2019. After that they will be required to return to El Salvador. Many of the families who were benefitting from the program will now no longer be allowed to work.

The states most affected are California, Texas, and Virginia. Many immigrants and immigrant advocates begged the administration to prolong the program, but the administration will not budge.

After the earthquakes in 2001 that left their country in ruins, the program was created for the El Salvadorians. The presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama’s administration’s have continued to extend the protections, but President Trump decided to stop the extensions.

Even though the El Salvadorians will not have to leave until late 2019, their lives have been drastically changed by the change of the protection policy. They have been allowed to live in the United States for more than 15 years, now they are being forced to leave.



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El Salvadorians lose protected status